LCPL Ryan Presutti

LCPL Ryan Presutti (37) passed on Tuesday July 18, 2016. I have learned he lost his battle with PTSD. He served on active duty 2002-2006 including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards: Combat Action Ribbon (2nd Awd Iraq/Afghanistan), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal(2nd Awd), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Rifle (Expert 3d Awd). He was also a Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft Cox and Machine Gunner. Foreign service 11 mos and 19 days. Sea service 4 months 12 days.

He was a 1998 graduate of Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA. His parents Vick and Mary Ellen live at 717 Willowdale Lane, Kennett Square PA. 19348.

The Funeral Mass is Monday 1030 at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, 15 East Pleasant Grove Rd, West Chester, PA.

The burial is at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, New Town, PA at 1330.

Any support that any of you can give would be appreciated by the family.

Here is the funeral home link with all the information

Los Gourmanderos

Our intrepid dining club, Los Gourmanderos, is planning a late summer crab dinner

Where:              The Hilltop Crab House, 8980 Gap Newport Pike, Toughekenamon,                             PA  on Route 42.

Date & Time:   Saturday, August 13th at 6:00m p.m.


Jefe:                    Crabmaster, Frank Houck.


To get in on the fun, please email Frank or call 484 947-3437.


Questions and comments are also welcomed.


VVA 436 has been awarded a special night at the Chester County Historical Society to view their “Sixties: the Age of Aquarius”. In 2015, we supported this event and the folks there wish to thank us for our help.

Here are the particulars:
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 4:30 p.m.
225 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380
There is no charge for us this night only.

A dinner is planned at 6:00 p.m. at i-Pasta restaurant:
This restaurant is three blocks from the CCHS. There is some parking nearby, if you opt to skip the walk.

Please contact me if you wish to add your name to the list of attendees. Of course, mates/dates are welcomed.

John Morris
484 947-3437


On Thursday, June 30, ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot held an event in D.C. on the multigeneration effects of Agent Orange. We had a handful of vets join us — including a father and daughter who drove all the way from Tupelo, Mississippi. We also had more than 100 people watching online.

We know many of you weren’t able to attend or watch at that exact time, but we recorded it and want to share the link with you all. Click here to watch the entire event:

Additionally, the event had some news come out of it:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to determine how Vietnam veterans and their children have been affected by exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange.

The VA will conduct its first nationwide survey of Vietnam veterans in more than three decades and request an outside panel of experts to continue its work studying the health effects of Agent Orange on veterans, their children and their grandchildren. …

“I believe that these individuals deserve an answer,” Linda Spoonster Schwartz, the VA’s assistant secretary for policy and planning, said in response to a question about the lack of research. “I believe that we need to at least ask the question. … This is the right thing to do.”

Read more about what was discussed at the event in our article here:

Many of you sent in questions for the panelists but, unfortunately, we weren’t able to get to them. We’ll compile them and do our best to get you answers and information.

Thanks again for participating, watching and reading. And we’ll talk soon.


Terry Parris Jr.